The Boston Bruins moved within one victory of eliminating the New York Rangers in their National Hockey League playoff series, while the San Jose Sharks evened their series against the Los Angeles Kings.
In tonight’s game, the Ottawa Senators host the Pittsburgh Penguins, who have a two-games-to-one lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series.
The Bruins, who won 2-1, lead the series by three games to none and can advance to the Eastern Conference finals with a victory in New York in Game 4 tomorrow. The Sharks won 2-1 to even their Western Conference series at 2-2 against the Kings.
“You can’t look at it as you have to win four games, you just have to focus on the next one,” said Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist. “The season is on the line, so you have to leave everything out there. Preparation and the effort have to be there, and we will see if it’s going to be enough.”
Taylor Pyatt scored for the Rangers after three minutes, 53 seconds of the second period at Madison Square Garden in New York. Johnny Boychuk tied it 3:10 into the third period and Daniel Paille got the decisive goal with 3:31 to play.
“At times we struggled to get through and when we got through we just didn’t sustain our forecheck,” said Rangers coach John Tortorella. “A team that is rolling their lines like they are, we need to have some time in their end zone. As the game went on we were there less and less. So it pops up on you.”
The teams are vying for the right to play the Penguins or the Senators for a place in the Stanley Cup finals.
At HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, Brent Burns gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead 6:09 into the first period, and Logan Couture scored on a power-play in the second period.
Mike Richards scored midway through the final period for the Kings, who host Game 5 tomorrow.